Rob Throup deputy manager at Rub Nottingham compares his two passions serving people and theatre.
Hi, I'm Rob the Deputy Manager of Rub Nottingham, and I wanted to talk to you about two of my passions - 1) The buzz of a busy Saturday night. 2) Theatre.
As with all good performances, one must never over look the last minute rehearsals and changes, ensuring all props are present and in the correct places, checking my actors are confident and happy, and not to forget the customary warm up exercise - always with a cheeky twist - to gear you up for the night.
The very same applies to the preparation for opening: tables numbers tweaking, new specials to learn, I expect the pristine tables to be adorned with sauces, condiments, menus and cutlery. A quick catch up with each of my team and my trademarked pre shift exercise of shouting from the stairway when you need a good scream.
PRESETS PLEASE. HOUSE OPEN IN 15 MINUTES.
The smoke from Hank and Marvin has lightly filled the air, the lights are dimmed, the volume cranked, the spots pierce the dusky air, and like every prima donna, we even have our name in lights on the wall. Every day we feel like star.
HOUSE OPEN IN 10 MINUTES.
Tables are pushed together, a catwalk or a banquet? We're probably going to get both. The audience bells are ringing informing them to take their places - "Hello there, thank you for calling Rub Smokehouse and bar, how can we help you?".
HOUSE OPEN IN 1 MINUTE.
Stage Manager kicks in - the waiters are warming their voices, the bar staff are flaring and flexing, the kitchen are lugging the heavy sacks of hickory wood chip in anticipation of the meat haul for the next day. And then the first customer walks through the doors...
AND THE SHOWS ON...
Cocktails with fireworks. Waiters coated in a flurry of glitter. Epic Food to make your mouth water. TABLE FOR JENKINS. HungDrawn and Quartered for 4. Rub a dub tub cocktail sharer complete with rubber ducks and bath foam. KITCHEN SINK! KITCHEN SINK! KITCHEN SINK! KITCHEN SINK! Don't stop believing by Journey - even table 40 are singing to this one. Is this your first time of eating with us? TABLE FOR ABBOTT! A hush puppy is polenta corn flour, rolled into a ball fried off - a bit like an American dumpling - it's got a bit of a cheesy/peppery flavour. #rubyourselfie. I LOVE THIS SONG. Take away Brownies. Same round again please.
AND THE FINALE
Happy Birthday to you!
Congratulations on your new job!
Enjoy your wedding - you'll look beautiful.
AND THE CURTAIN FALLS
Your waiter hands off, bids you a good night, the noisy bunch in the kitchen wave from the kitchen in between rubbing our meat for the next day. The bar staff are still working hard - we'll explain why in a moment - but still have time to grab the door for you, knowing we'll see you again soon.
HOUSE CLOSED - GET OUT
Tables are laid, sauces are replenished, refrigerated and refreshed, the place is tidied from top to bottom.
THE AFTER PARTY
We work hard. We play hard. SPARKLES FOR ALL. We get in at 6.
We do it all again tomorrow.
Deputy Manager of Nottingham